Filmmaker Discusses Her Project On Kermit Gosnell
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano talked with Ann McElhinney, a film producer attempting to make a documentary on the case of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, today (Friday, 4/11) on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
McElhinney and her team attempted to use the crowd funding site Kickstarter to raise money for the film, but were refused when the site told them their descriptions of the project violated its community guidelines. She had used Kickstarter before to fund a previous film on fracking in Pennsylvania and was interested in repeating their success for the movie on Gosnell.
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“We described our project. We said it’s about America’s biggest serial killer. He stabbed and murdered thousands of babies, which is actually what happened. First of all they didn’t respond…They didn’t write, they dragged their feet…Eventually they wrote back and said ‘you’re going to have to remove the phrase ‘murdered thousands of babies’ and remove the phrase ‘stabbed’ babies’…because it offends our community guidelines,” she said.
In response, McElhinney moved to another crowd funding source, Indiegogo, to raise resources to make the movie.
She said this work is important because the media did not properly cover Gosnell’s trial and conviction.
“We became fascinated by the story. This is the kind of story that journalists should want to cover. I know it sounds gruesome and awful, but this is the stuff of journalism. This has all the elements of an extraordinary story and the journalists didn’t turn up. So, we decided to make a film about this because we think it’s extraordinary,”
Her hope is to raise awareness about Gosnell’s crimes after the fact.
“No one knows who he is. There are very few people who know, and we need to know. We need to know what’s going on in the country, what happened here, what exactly did this man do, how did he get away with it for so long? There are a lot of questions. Even when he was prosecuted, why is it that no one is paying attention?”